NYS PAUSE Executive Order Update – COVID – 19

Open with Restrictions – beginning July 12th

At FBC-O, we are doing everything we can to be compliant with all regulations and ensure your safety as we re-gather.

We will be adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health, CDC, Church Mutual Insurance Company and the American Baptist Churches New York State office.

**We request that if you have health issues or other concerns related to gathering at this time, please remain at home. We will continue to provide Service on-line following the live Service for those who are not able to join us in the Sanctuary.   The online service will be available by Sunday evening at 7pm in most cases. Please allow time for editing and upload of the service recording.  Thank you for your understanding.

For the safety of all participants and to follow the requirements issued by “Reopening New York”, below is a list of guidelines we will be following to enable us to worship safely:

  • A gloved and masked greeter will meet you at the door (will open door for you if not already open)
  • The greeter will log your name and take your temperature. If temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees F (the Health Department-mandated limit), you will be asked to return home.
  • A table with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, tissues, Bulletins and collection plate will be inside each door. Please place your tithes and offerings in the offering plate on the table. We will not be passing the plates during Service. The greeter will hand you a Bulletin. Please sanitize your hands.
  • Face Coverings are required while you are in the church building at all times unless seated. (if you forget yours, we will provide one; please do not give it back to us, take it with you)
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in the back of the sanctuary, by the restrooms and by the back door
  • Reminder – We must social distance: As we enter the church, no hugging or hand shaking
  • In the Sanctuary; Not all pews can be used. The pews not available for seating have the cushions turned up. Pews available for seating are marked with a strip of yellow duct tape on the floor. For the first day back – July 12th – you may seat yourself only at either end of a marked pew. This will ensure proper spacing between attendees. Once you choose a pew position, that will remain your “assigned seat” until seating restrictions are rescinded.
  • Coffee, snacks and gathering  in our fellowship hall will not be available after service.
  • After service, please dismiss yourselves in an orderly fashion, maintain 6 feet distancing and congregate outside if you wish.

Please note that during this period:

Pastor Bill will maintain his regular weekly on-site office hours and continue to be available via personal phone when out-of-office.

Marilyn will continue to work in the Church Office to the extent possible. 

The Financial Team will ensure FBC-O financial obligations are addressed in a timely manner.

Due to the circumstances at hand, If you would like to mail your tithes and offerings into the church office, write your check out to First Baptist Church of Owego and mail to: 

       First Baptist Church of Owego

       228 Main Street

       Owego, NY 13827

please rest assured that we will be here to check the mail daily and process accordingly. 

FALL Business Meeting news

Due to the current situation, we are not planning to conduct a face-to-face September 20th Business Meeting; rather, we will produce a status booklet in the fashion of our Annual Report booklet. The softcopy file will be emailed to those on our email distribution list and hardcopy snail-mailed to those without email addresses.  This will be a status-only report, meaning there will be no Congregation-level business conducted prior to, or as part of, the FALL “business meeting”

Please submit written reports with data up to August 31st by Friday, September 11 to church office.

American Baptist Association of New York State and Broome-Tioga

American Baptist Women’s Ministries Board Meeting on Thursday, September 10th at Cornerstone Community Church @6:30pm to begin planning for the remaining 2020-2021 events of the ABW Ministries

Broome-Tioga Baptist Association – BTBA Fall Gathering to be held at Memorial Park Baptist Church on Sunday, September 27th. Watch for further details in mid-August

Prayer Concerns, We need God’s direction during this time of transition. Contact us if you have a prayer concern or would like to speak with the Pastor

  • Our Country
  • Our President
  • Our Leaders
  • Our Families
  • Our Pastor
  • Those in Nursing homes and Shut-ins
  • Cure for Cancer
  • Cure for the Corona Virus and the many mutations that have not yet been discovered
  • Salvation and hope for the lost
  • Deliverance from addictions
  • All the victims and families of COVID-19
  • Praise for all of the COVID-19 survivors
  • Those on the front lines: Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s etc.
  • Those who are “Essential workers”
  • Praise – KIND project many donations, many blessings

The following groups are now meeting while following social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks

Bible Study & Prayer – Tuesday evenings @ 6:00pm in the Church Fellowship Hall – cancelled for the summer: July & August. We will resume meeting in September.

Needle & Thread Missions Group [sleeping bags for the homeless] – 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 10:00am in the SPOT

Joint Exec Council/BoM (JEC/BoM) – continues to meet online via ZOOM

The following groups are cancelled and will not meet until further notice

Circle of Concern

Deacons Board

Golden Agers Group

Monthly Men’s Luncheon

Scout Troop 60

The K.I.N.D. Project

The KIND Project will continue with its mission during this COVID-19 period as there is an even greater need now for the products provided. The recent stockpiling/hoarding of supplies have left store shelves bare, leaving caregivers to young children desperate for the essentials provided by KIND. COVID-19 or no COVID-19, children continue to need diapers and supplies, and the FBC-O KIND Project will continue to meet their needs.

Thank you for your continued prayers for KIND, the families it serves and thank you for blessing us with the many contributions that we have already received during this time of uncertainty. God is good!